With their innate curiosity and boundless energy, dogs require similar precautions as child-proofing your home. If you’ve recently become a pet parent in Phoenix or Scottsdale, where around 2 million dogs are adopted yearly in the United States, you must make dog-friendly adjustments to your living space. 


The first step is to put away tools like rakes, shears, and shovels that can injure your dog. If you’re an avid DIYer, you may have machinery with blades and sharp attachments which need to be stored. Storage sheds are great solutions and will enhance your yard while making it safer.


  • Plastic PVC Sheds – modern & simple to clean
  • Vinyl Sheds – built to withstand the Arizona heat
  • Wooden Sheds – creates a charming and rustic cottage-style ambiance 
  • Barn Style – ideal for storing large equipment 


It is essential to upgrade your yard to protect pets. This can be achieved through thoughtful landscaping design. 


Check Your Plants

Homeowners often overlook the potential hazards of certain plants that can be toxic to dogs. To ensure your pet’s safety, it’s essential to identify which plants might pose a danger. Downloading the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) app can assist in determining the safety of various plant varieties. While plants provide shelter and a lovely atmosphere, it’s crucial to secure potted plants to prevent your dog from knocking them over and causing harm. If you have a natural lawn, keep in mind that dogs have a tendency to dig. Setting up a designated sandpit area for them can help preserve the grass and prevent unsightly patches.


Landscaping Features

Transforming your backyard into a functional and pet-friendly space can be achieved through various features. Install trellises, perfect for training creeping plants to offer additional shade. Design a patio or decking area that accommodates a dog house or bed, providing your furry friend with a cozy retreat. Incorporating small water features not only adds ambiance but also creates a refreshing spot for your pets to drink on scorching Arizona days. If you have a smaller pup, ensure the steps’ height is manageable, and keep all pathways level and comfortable for them to navigate.

Once you’ve completed this pet precaution checklist, you’ll be fully prepared to welcome your furry friend into your new yard!